Father Sixt at St. Mary Mokena

From Horseman to Holy Man: The Story Behind One of St. Mary Mokena’s Earliest Priests

In 1878, the St. Mary Mokena Mission was less than 15 years old and numbered only about 30 families. Its small, rural congregation of German-speaking immigrants knew little English. That’s why German priests, like Father Sixt, were essential to keeping the Roman Catholic faith alive.